Merci Suarez Changes Gears
As a scholarship student, Merci Suarez wasn't like the other kids at her private school in Florida. She doesn't have a big house or a fancy boat, and does extra community service to make up for her free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci’s school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna’s jealousy.
At home, Merci’s grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, have been acting strangely — forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she’s left to her own worries, at home and at school. Captures the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school — and the steadfast connection that defines family. Ages 9-12. Written by Newbery Medal winner Meg Medina. Hardcover; 368 pages.
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